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composer , violinist

Clarence Cameron White, American violinist, composer. Awarded Harmon Foundation award, 1928; David Bispham award for opera, 1933; Rosenwald fellow, 1930. Member American Society Composers.


White, Clarence Cameron was born on August 10, 1880 in Clarksville, Tennessee, United States. Son of James William and Virginia Caroline (Scott) White.


Student Howard U., 1894-1895, Oberlin Conservatory Music, 1896-1901. Studied composition under S. Coleridge-Taylor, London, England., 1908-1911. Studied under Raoul Laparra, Paris, France (on Rosenwald fellowship), 1930-1933.

Student Juilliard Summer School, 1940. Honorary Master of Arts, Atlanta U., 1928. Honorary Doctor of Music, Wilberforce U., 1933.


; children—William Warrick (deceased), Clarence Cameron (deceased). Married second, Pura Belpre, December 26, 1943. Teacher music in public schools, Washington, 1902-1905.

Conducted private studio, Boston, 1912-1923. Director music, West Virginia State College, 1924-1930, Hampton Institute, 1932-1935. Music specialist National Recreation Association, New York City, 1937-1941.

Recitals, studio work, composition, 1942.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Ouanga (opera in 4 acts), 1932. Also composer numerous pieces for violin and pianoforte, for orchestra, band, pianoforte, organ, voice, and violin technic. Composed many Negro spirituals including Bandanna Sketches, From the Cotton Fields, Cabin Memories, Kutampa rhapsody for orchestra, Symphony Northern 1 in D minor for orchestra.


Member American Society Composers.


Married Beatrice Louise Warrick, April.; married second, Pura Belpre, December 26, 1943. Children: William Warrick (deceased), Clarence Cameron (deceased).

James William White

Virginia Caroline (Scott) White

Pura Belpre

Beatrice Louise Warrick

William Warrick White (deceased)

Clarence Cameron White (deceased)